Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “the”

See all translations

the

determiner
 
weak /ðə, ði/
 
strong /ðiː/
A1 used before nouns to mean things or people that have already been talked about or are already known: Can you pass the salt? I’ll pick you up at the station.
A1 used before nouns when only one of something exists: the Eiffel Tower the world
used before some adjectives to make them into nouns: a home for the elderly
used before numbers that refer to dates: Thursday the 29th of April
(Definition of the from the Cambridge Essential Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “the” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

baby

a very young child, especially one that has not yet begun to walk or talk

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

stackin’ p

March 30, 2015
idiom slang earning a lot of money ‘That’s a very generous present.”Yeah, well, she’s stackin’ p, innit?’

Read More